Climate change, climate protection – is there still hope?

Dialogue Forums 2020

Anthropogenic climate change is, without any doubt, one of the greatest challenges of our time. Politicians earned many premature plaudits for the celebrated 2015 Paris climate framework agreement, which requires global warming to be kept well below 2 degrees. Since then, many people affected have even argued for a 1.5 degrees limit. But looking at the present-day realities, this target seems ambitious if not utopian.

How can the promises made at Paris be kept? How can the global community move faster towards sustainable solutions? Time is of the essence. Alternatives, initiatives and commitment from a wide range of social players will be needed.
In the 2020 dialogue forums, we shall be getting to the heart of the issues. We will examine the important aspects of climate change prevention and the transformation required. We will illustrate where utopian ideas and realities are being mixed into the debate, and look at the possible solutions towards achieving a sustainable and climate-neutral world. Because climate protection concerns us all!


3 December 2019: Designing climate protection in a socially equitable way – is it actually possible?

Cooperation partner: Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Time and venue: 18:00, EUREF Campus, Berlin
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In its painstakingly negotiated climate package, the Grand Coalition has not been parsimonious with money, – yet it offered only a half-hearted endorsement of comprehensive carbon charges, which its advisers believe must be the leading instrument of climate policy. It clearly has serious concerns that this might place too great a burden on low-income households. But would a reasonable carbon charge necessarily increase social divisions in Germany, and ultimately further the rise of populist parties? What are the distribution effects of the agreed climate package? How can climate protection be fairly implemented?

Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
Antje Kapek, Chairwoman of the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen faction in the Berlin House of Representatives
Klaus Müller, Chairman of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations
Jörg Steinbach, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of Brandenburg
Roman Zitzelsberger, District Manager of IG Metall in Baden-Württemberg

Presenter:  Dietmar Ringel, Inforadio (rbb)

23 January 2020: The climate policy dilemma – sign, ratify and continue as before?
Cooperation partner: Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)

Time and venue: 19:00, Munich Re, Giselastraße 21
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International climate conferences over recent years have frequently been seen in public as toothless paper tigers: the Paris agreement was approved, but so far has only partially been implemented. Countries like the USA, Brazil and Russia are undermining the efforts of the community of states. Other countries – such as Germany – are failing to meet their voluntary climate targets. What is the reason for the lack of enthusiasm among national governments? And how are the agreements from the framework convention being implemented in the different countries? What impact can social initiatives on climate protection have? Is it still possible to meet the 1.5-degree target? 

Christoph Bals, Senior Political Executive, GermanWatch
Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Department for Energy, Transportation and Environment at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Christian Walter, Professor for Public International Law and Public Law, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Presenter: Hanne May, dena, Berlin

18 February 2020
: Mobility tomorrow – Emission-free travel powered by electricity and hydrogen?
Cooperation partner: Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)

Time and venue: 19:00, Munich Re, Giselastraße 21, Munich
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Transport is the problem child of the energy turnaround. In order to achieve the climate targets by 2030, the German government is focusing on electric mobility. By the end of this decade, 7 to 10 million electric vehicles should be on German roads. In return, the environmental bonus will be increased and extended until 2025. In addition, extensive expansion of the charging infrastructure in public areas is planned by 2030. But are these measures sufficient? And what happens after 2030 - will we have to say goodbye to our own cars in the long term? How can we take citizens with us on the road to emission-free mobility? And what does the expansion of e-mobility mean for our energy supply and power grids?
Klaus Bonhoff, Director General for Policy Issues, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Claus Doll, Mobility expert, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Ulrike Hinz, R&D Projects Coordinator, ubitricity Gesellschaft für verteilte Energiesysteme mbH
Marion Jungbluth, Team leader Mobility and Travel, Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V.

Presenter: Kristina Haverkamp, dena, Berlin

12 March 2020
: Save the climate – Innovation to avert disaster
Cooperation partner: Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)

Time and venue: 19:00, Berlin (tbc)
Registration starts in February 2020

The energy revolution and climate protection involve much more than just offshore wind farms in the North Sea and the Baltic, and PV modules on roofs. To save the climate, we need a range of technologies and groundbreaking innovations to reduce carbon emissions. At the same time, carbon is not always harmful. It can also be a valuable resource – for example in Power-to-X processes, or for carbon capture and usage to produce power fuels or artificial fuels. Energiesprong, the new approach to refurbishment, could dramatically improve our buildings’ carbon footprint and for a long time to come. And if all this is not enough, there are still many geo-engineering ideas as well. But what potential do the various alternatives offer? And how fast can they be implemented to deliver effective climate protection?
Claus Beckmann, Head of Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy, BASF SE
Mario Ragwitz, Director (comm.) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Infrastructure and Geothermal Energy and Scientific Director of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence "Integrated Energy Systems"
Sabrina Schulz, Head of Berlin Office, KfW Bankengruppe
Christian Stolte, Head of Division Energy-Efficient Buildings, dena

Presenter: Andreas Kuhlmann, dena, Berlin

23 April 2020: Lights off, heating down, get on your bike… – and what are you doing?
Cooperation partner: Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)

Time and venue: 19:00, Munich Re, Giselastraße 21, Munich
Registration starts on 17 March 2020, 11:00

The energy revolution and climate protection are intergenerational projects. There is no one solution. We all can, and indeed must, make a contribution. But what can civil society do? Join Fridays for Future demonstrations? Chain yourself to a tree in the Hambach Forest, plant trees, ban people from eating schnitzel, and travel only by bus or rail? How can I organise my life as a climate protector? What can each of us actually do, and how can politics support sustainable consumption?

Andreas Ernst, Environmental Psychologist and Director of  the Center for Environmental Systems Research, University Kassel
Kathrin Henneberger, Climate activist and press spokesperson for the anti-coal movement Ende Gelände 2019
Heike Holdinghausen, Journalist and book author, TAZ Berlin

Presenter: Steffen Joest, dena, Berlin


- Berlin in December 2019: EUREF-Campus
- Berlin in March: Heilig-Geist-Kapelle in the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the Humbolt University of Berlin, Spandauer Straße 1
- Munich: Munich Re, Giselastraße 21

Registration for the events in Munich is only possible via online system as from the dates mentioned above. We do not accept preregistration in order to ensure equal opportunities for all guests.